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Eugene Delmar
E Delmar 
Wiener Schachzeitung, Aug-Suppl 1909, p 261.
ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Number of games in database: 256
Years covered: 1861 to 1908
Overall record: +90 -122 =40 (43.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    D00 D05 D02 A40
 Giuoco Piano (14) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C77 C65 C67 C66 C84
 Bird's Opening (11) 
    A03 A02
 Four Knights (11) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Sicilian (7) 
    B20 B73 B23 B27
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (26) 
    C11 C10 C13 C01 C14
 French (20) 
    C11 C10 C13 C00
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C61 C70 C77 C83 C63
 Petrov (9) 
    C43 C42
 Philidor's Defense (7) 
 Giuoco Piano (6) 
    C50 C53
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Delmar vs NN, 1898 1-0
   J Congdon vs E Delmar, 1880 1/2-1/2
   E Delmar vs F Roser, 1876 1-0
   Chigorin vs E Delmar, 1889 0-1
   E Delmar vs J M Hanham, 1889 1-0
   E Delmar vs W Napier, 1901 1-0
   E Delmar vs J Elson, 1870 1-0
   E Delmar vs C S Howell, 1901 1-0
   E Delmar vs A W Fox, 1904 1-0
   E Delmar vs Pillsbury, 1893 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Delmar - Loyd (1879)
   Staats-Zeitung Cup Tournament (1895)
   Delmar - Pollock (1891)
   Albin - Delmar (1894)
   Buffalo (1901)
   Walbrodt - Delmar (1893)
   Impromptu International Congress, New York (1893)
   5th American Chess Congress, New York (1880)
   2nd City Chess Club Tournament (1894)
   6th American Chess Congress, New York (1889)
   Cambridge Springs (1904)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1880 by suenteus po 147
   "New York 1893, The Impromtu Tournament" /Cali by Littlejohn
   New York 1893, The Impromtu Tournament by Calli
   1901 Buffalo by Calli

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(born Sep-12-1841, died Feb-22-1909, 67 years old) United States of America

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Eugene Delmar was born in New York City on September 12, 1841. In 1874, he won the Brooklyn Chess Club championship. In 1876, he tied for 2nd place in the New York Clipper tournament, behind James Mason. In 1879, he defeated Sam Loyd in a match in New York (+5-1=2). In 1885, he won the 7th and 8th Manhattan Chess Club championship. In 1888, he defeated Samuel Lipschutz in a match in New York (+5-3=0). In 1890, 1891, 1895, and 1897, he won the New York State Chess Association championship. In 1904, he took last place at Cambridge Springs (+3-9=3). For over 50 years, he was a leading chess player in America. He died on February 22, 1909 in New York City.

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 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 256  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Delmar vs E McCutcheon  0-1281861Morphy Chess Rooms, Casual GameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. E Delmar vs Mackenzie  0-1641867New York Chess Club ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
3. E Delmar vs F E Brenzinger  0-1601869Brooklyn CC tC50 Giuoco Piano
4. F Perrin vs E Delmar  1-0401870Brooklyn Chess Club TournamentC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. E Delmar vs J Elson 1-0291870Casual gameC77 Ruy Lopez
6. A Zerega vs E Delmar 1-0431870Cafe EuropaC51 Evans Gambit
7. E Delmar vs A Zerega  1-0261870Cafe InternationalC55 Two Knights Defense
8. P A Merian vs E Delmar  1-0411870Brooklyn - New York team matchC51 Evans Gambit
9. P Richardson vs E Delmar 1-0151871Casual gameC27 Vienna Game
10. E Delmar vs B M Neill 0-1191874New YorkC50 Giuoco Piano
11. E Delmar vs F Roser 1-0221876Cafe InternationalD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. A W Ensor vs E Delmar 1-0521876New YorkC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
13. Mackenzie vs E Delmar 1-0301879New YorkC52 Evans Gambit
14. E Delmar vs S Loyd  1-0351879Delmar - LoydC48 Four Knights
15. S Loyd vs E Delmar  ½-½551879Delmar - LoydC77 Ruy Lopez
16. E Delmar vs S Loyd  1-0301879Delmar - LoydC25 Vienna
17. S Loyd vs E Delmar  0-1481879Delmar - LoydC53 Giuoco Piano
18. E Delmar vs S Loyd  1-0421879Delmar - LoydA03 Bird's Opening
19. S Loyd vs E Delmar  1-0371879Delmar - LoydD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. E Delmar vs S Loyd  ½-½561879Delmar - LoydA03 Bird's Opening
21. S Loyd vs E Delmar  0-1301879Delmar - LoydC42 Petrov Defense
22. A Sellman vs E Delmar 1-04918805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC77 Ruy Lopez
23. E Delmar vs A Sellman  ½-½6618805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC13 French
24. J S Ryan vs E Delmar  0-14518805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC42 Petrov Defense
25. E Delmar vs J S Ryan  1-05318805th American Chess Congress, New YorkA02 Bird's Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-28-03  pawntificator: Delmar... heh heh, no offense to all the Delmars out there, but this name seems to have the connotation of having lower than average intelligence. I guess I get that from O Brother Where Art Thou. Although Delmar was the character's first name in the movie.
Aug-28-03  AgentRgent: Speaking of "O Brother Where Art Thou"... John Turturro, who plays Pete in that terrific movie, also starred as in an Incredible adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's "The Luzhin Defense". A Review:
Aug-29-03  pawntificator: I noticed that when I watched O Brother Where Art Thou for the second time. I thought it was an amazing difference between the two characters. What a versatile actor Turturro was. that I think of it, Luzhin was rather dimwitted in most areas, as was Pete. Nevertheless, I loved both movies. Go see them.
Jul-04-05  aw1988: Damn! We're in a tight spot!
Nov-24-05  CambridgeSprings1904: Humor aside, Delmar did manage to get a variation in the Philodor Defense [in ECO C41] named after him. Unfortunately, by the time the Cambridge Springs 1904 tournament was played, he was past his prime; at age 60, he was the oldest participant. He could take some consolation from a draw against Schlechter and a win against Mieses.
Sep-12-09  WhiteRook48: who was he tied for?
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  GrahamClayton: Delmar passed away during the annual meeting of the New York State Chess Association at the Westminster Hotel. Play was suspended, and a meeting of the Advisory Board passed condolence resolutions. Delmar had entered the Manhattan Chess Club championship tournament, but withdrew due to failing health. Just two weeks prior to his death, Delamr won a rapid transit tournament at the Club.
Mar-18-13  thomastonk: The "Chess Weekly" from February 27, 1909 has an obituary of Delmar. It ends with this sentence: "He has recently completed a work entiteled, ``Fifty years of Chess,´´ which is now in the hands of Brentano". The "Wiener Schachzeitung" 1909, p 261 writes in his obituary: "Delmar war auch literarisch tätig. Sein Werk „Fifty Years of Chess" hat in Amerika große Verbreitung gefunden."

Well, I have tried to find some more information on this successful (?) book, but I only found Marshall's book with the same title. Moreover, neither this book nor any other by Delmar is mentioned in the bibliographies I can access. Any kind of information is very much appreciated.

Sep-13-13  thomastonk: We have here only 3 games of Delmar in the second half of the 1870s, but his name appeared in some newspapers already at the end of the 1850s.

The "New York Clipper" contains between 1860 and 1863 several games of a "D.Eugene Delmar" or "D.E.Delmar":

Well, I assume that both men are the same person, but where comes the "D." from?

In other sources I found this here.

Löwenthal's the "Chess Player's Magazine", vol 3 (new series), 1867, p 218 writes: "D' Eugene Delmar".

"Deutsche Schachzeitung", vol 27, 1872 reports on an "American Chess Association" having "D. Eugene Delmar, New York" as assistant secretary.

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  Tabanus: I'm looking right now at an Evans gambit printed in New York Herald between Merian and Delmar, played 26 July 1870. Merian replaced Mr. Rice on the Brooklyn side, while Delmar played for New York. 1-0.
Sep-14-13  thomastonk: And here are a few games of D.E(ugene) Delmar from the "New York Clipper" of 1859:

At the end of that year he played a tournament in the "Morphy Chess Rooms".

I haven't found him in the "Clipper" of 1858.

Mar-20-14  thomastonk: More than one year ago I asked here about his book „Fifty Years of Chess". Any news?

More than a half year ago I mentioned his murky initial "D." in some sources in 1859, 1860-1863, 1867 and 1872. Today I have found this initial in the "New York Clipper" of 1884. The really surprising matter is something else: the game has been copied from the (European) "Chess Monthly" of 1883-1884, and there the name is given as "E. Delmar". So, why did the "Clipper" wrote "D.Eugene Delmar"?

May-24-14  Karpova: A list of his match successes from his obituary:

1879 against Loyd: +5 -1 =2
1880 against Barnes: +7 -0 =1
1888 against Lipschütz: +5 -3 =0
1889 against Ryan: +7 -5 =0
1891 against Pollock: +5 -3 =0
1895 against Jasnogrodsky: +5 -1 =1

He represented the USA seven times in cable matches (+2 -2 =3).

He wrote "Fifty Years of Chess", which became popular in America.

He edited the chess column in "Turf, Field and Farm" for some years.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', August and Supplement 1909, pp. 261-262

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Eugene Delmar.
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  jnpope: <thomastonk: <So, why did the "Clipper" wrote "D.Eugene Delmar"?>>

Is it possible his given name was actually D'Eugene Delmar and he dropped the D to avoid confusion?

The only support for this theory is that the Chess Player's Magazine, July 1867, p218, gives "D' Eugene Delmar".

Sep-12-16  BIDMONFA: Eugene Delmar

DELMAR, Eugene

Sep-12-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Eugene Delmar!
May-28-20  Larryfyffe: In the (Buffalo) Globe Illustrated Magazine, there's an E Aberoni-Delmar game

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